Korg ElecTribe R (ER-1)

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"Korg has created the ultimate analog beat machine. Simply by tweaking the knobs on the ELECTRIBE R, you have unlimited control over all the elements that make up the sounds - like pitch, modulation depth, waveform shape and much more. Drop these sounds into the built-in sequencer and you've got unique rhythms with your own creative signature. And with the ELECTRIBE R, you can hear every change you make as it happens, allowing you to mold the groove on the fly."

"The built-in step sequencer's 16 pad keys make it easy for you to produce rhythms from the sounds you create. Each pad keys lights up so you can easily see what rhythm a part is programmed to play. Plus, you can play in beats in real-time using the 12 trigger pads. Four of the pads are assignable to any analog modeling sound you come up with, two are reserved for controlling sounds accessed through the audio input, and the other four permanently control the indispensable PCM sounds. So you can tailor your own custom "kits" to fit each musical situation."

"To add even more life to your patterns you can record the real-time movement of any of the ELECTRIBE R's oscillator, amp or effect parameters as a Motion Sequence. This lets you change your sounds as your groove progresses in a way that more traditional drum machines just can't match! Plus, every sound or rhythm you create can be stored as a pattern that includes your knob movements. And you can save up to 256 1 to 4-bar patterns in internal memory."

"The ELECTRIBE R can also be controlled from an external sequencer, keyboard, or sampler to function as an analog sound rhythm tone generator, or set up to control or be controlled by other hardware or computer-based sequencers." - Korg-USA The ElecTribes are used by Orbital, Cirrus, Dan Hekate, Saulaterre, The Prodigy, YB70, 69db, MDFMK, Crystal Distortion, the Crystal Method, Massive Attack, and the Chemical Brothers.

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47 Visitor comments
Huw Rees
November 16, 2009 @ 12:55 pm
can you use a footswitch or even better a drum pad to trigger a pre programmed groove? i love the sound of it
July 6, 2009 @ 6:26 pm
I picked this up at the same time I picked up an access virus c and I agree, this thing is under rated. This thing can produce some pretty strange sounds...

good for noise
February 17, 2009 @ 7:31 pm
I've had one of these for 5 years now and certainly agree with tristan on the snare front, I've always found it impossible to get a decent snare sound on this, I did discover the other day though.......

....use two of the four percussion voices simultaneously to create snare sounds, they're still not fabulous but adding some bassier overtones does seem to make it a bit punchier! Can't believe I missed that for so long, d'oh...

Otherwise a superb little machine ideal for creating the Kraftwerkian style drumsounds that I found impossible to create on anything else. A drum synthesizer with a frequency range that goes from subsonic to an effective bat repellent I imagine.
The Mk1 still looks cool and is dirt cheap on ebay these days.....
January 28, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
The snare [beep] s but use a sampler.

Awesome and fun little box for making weird, zappy, evil sounding music and some quicker electro breaks. Don't use it as a drum machine really, more of like a sequencer for 4 weird voices and some bad hi hats. Hook an EA 1 or another synth to the slicer and go nuts.
January 2, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
There is not a whole lot of machines ever even made that will be able to do what the ER1 can. At this time i believe theres the Machinedrum, Vermona drm1, and The jomox gear. And all of those things go fro anywhere between 1000 to 2000. I think its safe to say that these lil beasts are going to become very sought after in years to come unless they are followed up on. theres other electribes but they wernt designed to do specifically what this one does. Shame they didnt keep the er1 around longer. Its basically like having four simple va instruments with a step rhythm sequencer and a few other goodies in one single box. the biggest difference between this box and alot of other va drum boxs out there is this one has enough parameters to do way more then emulate a 909 or 808. but more be able to create analog drum sequences like electronic performers in the 80's and 70's used to do.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voices (parts)
  • Multitimbral - 10 Parts (4 synthesizer parts, 2 audio in parts, 2 hi-hat parts, 1 crash cymbal part, 1 hand clap part)
  • Memory - 256 Patterns, 16 songs
  • Patterns - 64 steps maximum per part, motion sequence, 1 parameter per part, 64 events
  • Songs - 256 patterns maximum per song, event recording 35,700 events maximum
  • Keyboard - None (16 touch pads)
  • Effects - Delay (normal, motion sequence, tempo delay)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1999
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